Review: Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley


Nearly Broken by Devon Ashley
New Adult / Contemporary  
Devon Ashley (June 6, 2013)

Rating: B+
Heat: Hot

Heroine: Megan Smith – Sex Slave Victim, Broken
Hero: Nikolas Ellis – Savior, Amazing

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The cover looks innocent, right? Well, don’t let it fool you. Nearly Broken is DARK and has some very disturbing, controversial situations. You will definitely be taken out of your comfort zone. If you’re a fan of C.J. Roberts’ Captive in the Dark, you may enjoy this book. The storyline is completely different but the plot does include kidnapping, rape, and human sex trafficking.

Now, let me set up the story for you.

Nearly Broken is a dark, suspenseful, and highly emotional story about nineteen year old Megan Smith. A woman who was kidnapped, sold in a sex slave auction, drugged, and raped repeatedly until she finally found a way to escape her owner.  She’s still broken mentally—and has scars on the outside that remind her of the nightmare she lived through. She’s now in hiding, living in a small town in the middle of nowhere, while working at a diner as a waitress. Megan just wants to live a quiet, safe, and simple life. No one in the small town knows about Megan’s past and she’s determined to keep it that way. Megan lives in fear, always looking over her shoulder, knowing there is always a chance that one of the evil, sick men that kept her prisoner could still be looking for her.

One night at the diner, a woman comes in looking for her sister that went missing a few years back. The missing girl looks like Megan. Her name is Claire Whitaker. But, Megan assures the woman that the girl is not her, that she’s never met this girl before. The sister leaves the diner to continue her search for Claire. However, the BIG question still looms: Who is Claire? And why does she look so much like Megan?

Following her interesting visit with Claire’s sister, a new guy is hired to take the night shift cooking position. His name is Nickolas Ellis and Megan finds herself drawn to him instantly. What is it about this guy that makes her drop her guard? Megan tries to keep him at arm’s length but he continues to insinuate himself into her life. Always protecting her. Flirting with her. Caring about her. Nick has a pretty damn good heart and he makes Megan happy. Nick’s determination and persistence eventually breaks down Megan’s walls. The magnetic chemistry they feel for each other is undeniable and fierce. Megan soon realizes she is willing to risk everything to be with Nick. So, as her walls continue to crumble, she ends up confiding all of her dark secrets to Nick. But Nick has his own secrets. And when the truth comes out… damn. The truth is not easy. Nor is it simple.

As I explained above, Megan is a survivor. She’s experienced some ugly things that no one should ever have to experience, especially being sold as a human sex slave. I cried for all that Megan endured and continues to endure. The majority of the book is spent with Megan and Nick falling love. And, during this time, Megan discovers new things about herself. Her relationship with Nick is complicated yet so sweet. Nick is such an amazing hero. He really does come through for Megan in so many ways. He’s so patient and supportive of Megan. Everything he did was for Megan. This true hero melted my heart.

“Megan, all you need to know is that the day I met you, I knew right then and there that you were the girl for me, and that I was going to do everything possible to spend the rest of my life with you.” - Nick

I’m really trying to avoid giving away any spoilers. It’s hard when it feels like the whole story is one giant spoiler. I only touched on a little bit of the plot. What you need to know is that this story is both happy and gut-wrenching. This story is about a boy and a girl falling in love and second chances. Nick and Megan have a sweet and tender romance that is also very hot and steamy. But the story does takes a shocking turn. What happens towards the end, well… all I’m going to say is prepare yourselves for a stunning and disturbing twist that will leave you reeling. What happens will break your heart, make your stomach hurt, and have you clinching your teeth.  I know I’m being vague, but this story needs to be experienced in its entirety. The less you know the better.

The first words that came to mind when I finished Nearly Broken were… Holy Unexpected Hell. Devon Ashley took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride that left me feeling raw and choking on my sobs by the end. I was a hot mess. You should know that the ending was not wrapped up with a nice and tidy bow. Megan and Nick’s story is far from over. It’s not a cliffhanger, though. I’m glad I took a chance with this book. The writing style is wonderfully done. But, this story isn’t for everyone. If you love beautifully, broken heroines, an amazing and true hero, and a dark and sinister plot—then you should definitely read this book.  It’s worth it, trust me.


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